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Would You Switch to Bing for $3 to a Good Cause?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 90 comments

Trying Bing can help someone in school.

Google has become the standard search engine of choice around the world, but it's not the only one in the game. Microsoft's Bing is a fine alternative, but getting people to switch is hard. Would you switch your search engine if Microsoft were to donate $3 to schools in need?

Microsoft has created Search With Purpose, a page that will add Bing as a search provider in Firefox and IE (though the whole donation process will work with Chrome and Safari too) and send you a $3 donation code for you to enter in yourself.

The page notes "Bing will donate up to $100,000 in $3 donation codes during the promotion. Donation codes may only be used at DonorsChoose.org and expire on August 31, 2010." Nevertheless, it's to a good cause and you don't really have to be committed to Bing if you find Google is still a better fit for your internet needs.

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    bebangs , July 16, 2010 6:29 AM
    I would, then switch back to google after the donation. ^_^
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    polly the parrot , July 16, 2010 5:19 AM
    I did it, but I thought it was ironic when I sent the donation code to my Gmail address :p 
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    amnotanoobie , July 16, 2010 9:50 AM
    Quote:
    "Bing will donate up to $100,000 in $3 donation codes during the promotion."


    At $3 per donation, they'd end up only donating $99,999!


    ..Or am I missing something here?
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    Ragnar-Kon , July 16, 2010 5:19 AM
    Nice PR stunt to get people to use Bing and get rep for your company.

    But this PR stunt helps people who need it, so I'll jump on the bandwagon, for a little while anyway.
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    polly the parrot , July 16, 2010 5:19 AM
    I did it, but I thought it was ironic when I sent the donation code to my Gmail address :p 
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    rohitbaran , July 16, 2010 5:41 AM
    Well, I will do it. Just for the kids' sake.
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    garry__ , July 16, 2010 5:46 AM
    You should all do this.
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    Tamz_msc , July 16, 2010 5:47 AM
    I think that any good-hearted fellow should do it.
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    smithereen , July 16, 2010 5:55 AM
    OF course.
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    makwy2 , July 16, 2010 6:00 AM
    Really no reason to not do this! Do it for the kids.
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    teeebs , July 16, 2010 6:16 AM
    What the hell is a "bing".....:S

    But seriously, they must be pretty hard up for customer to have to resort to something like this....hmmm.
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    bebangs , July 16, 2010 6:29 AM
    I would, then switch back to google after the donation. ^_^
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    Anonymous , July 16, 2010 6:39 AM
    Haha only $100k is like pennys for microsoft. Should make it a million or something.
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    arael , July 16, 2010 6:44 AM
    I wouldn't. If I want to donate to a good cause then I donate, not because some corporate giant is having troubles getting people to use their search engine, so they use the good old "think of the children!" cause to get people to do what they want them to.
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    eddieroolz , July 16, 2010 7:04 AM
    I already use Bing, but I suppose I'd have to go through this process for the code?
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    hurfburf , July 16, 2010 7:18 AM
    no
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    pojih , July 16, 2010 7:28 AM
    araelI wouldn't. If I want to donate to a good cause then I donate, not because some corporate giant is having troubles getting people to use their search engine, so they use the good old "think of the children!" cause to get people to do what they want them to.


    I think you are missing the point... use it to get 3$ from a big corporation, it is clear you aren't going to change your browser, so you have nothing to lose.


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    baracubra , July 16, 2010 7:37 AM
    why not...I use bing.com/shopping to find the best prices on the net anyways...and bing.com/travel is also pretty good when searching for flight info and accommodation
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    outlw6669 , July 16, 2010 8:11 AM
    Wooo, 3$ donation to special needs kids.
    Now I feel good about wasting time at work =D
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    asdf634 , July 16, 2010 8:33 AM
    Searching porn videos on Bing for the sake of children? I'm in!

    ... wait, that doesn't sound very right...
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    Anonymous , July 16, 2010 8:59 AM
    They are so desperate. First it was win a prize if you'll (pleaz, pleaz, pretty pleaz) try IE -- now it's try Bing or the kid gets it.
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    prozium42 , July 16, 2010 9:14 AM
    Something tells me they'd be paying out that 100,000 with the users they already have, making switching over completely pointless. If not then a lot less people use Bing than i thought
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